Derek R. Peterson, ed., Abolitionism and Imperialism in Britain, Africa and the Atlantic (Ohio University Press, 2010).
This book emerges out of a lecture series that the Cambridge Centre of African Studies convened to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British Parliament’s Act for the Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade.
Where empires are often understood to involve the government of one people over another, Abolitionism and Imperialism shows that British values were formed, debated, and remade in the space of empire. Africans were not simply objects of British liberals’ benevolence. They played an active role in shaping, and extending, the values that Britain now regards as part of its national character. This book is therefore a contribution to the larger scholarship about the nature of modern empires.
Contributors: Christopher Leslie Brown, Seymour Drescher, Jonathon Glassman, Boyd Hilton, Robin Law, Phillip D. Morgan, Derek R. Peterson, John K. Thornton